After receiving his GED in 2000, Alonzo began working in the non-profit sector. In 2005 following his passions for music, youth, families, community and social justice, Alonzo began tutoring children of color for Metropolitan Family Services. In 2010 he went to Self Enhancement Inc. as an after school tutor for elementary and middle school students. He was promoted to working with students of all ages in arts and performance.
In 2014 he shifted his focus to working with under-resourced parents and was hired at Black Parent Initiative as a community outreach specialist. He was able to build parent engagement programs and culturally specific literacy programs within Portland Public Schools. Alonzo established partnerships and significant collaborations with multiple organizations and community partners leading to the strength and stability of Black Parent Initiative. His advocacy and empowerment work with parents is a source of pride for Alonzo.
In 2018 Alonzo Chadwick returned to Self Enhancement Inc. as a school manager in the after school program, Schools Uniting Neighborhoods, where he was promoted to create and run SEI’s Parent Engagement Model. The model grew under his leadership to include 8 programs and 25 plus staff. He trained and developed staff to empower parents and families to become self sufficient, using self-efficacy curriculum and co-investment in their own success.
Beginning in April 2021, Alonzo Chadwick become the CEO and Executive Director of BRAVO Music and Arts Academy. BRAVO’s mission under Alonzo’s leadership is to serve diverse populations of students by providing mentorship opportunities and multiple pathways to engage in the arts, thus empowering students to be the change they desire to see through pursuits in music and the arts. Alonzo serves on the Police Review Board for the Portland Police Bureau, Board of Directors for Prevent Child Abuse, and the president for the Board for Youth Organized and United To Help. Alonzo is a husband, father and professional vocalist.